Re: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling

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Posted by JN on October 24, 2000 at 02:54:14:

In Reply to: Re: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling posted by Brent on October 23, 2000 at 20:22:16:

I think you should at least try to use the no angle aproach. Repetetive movement cause carpal tunnel, yes, but extreme angles in your wrist make it really kick in. Since you've read about typists, you know now they sell those little pads to lay in front of the keyboard to rais your wrist so you get a straight line? They where invented to help prevent carpal tunnel. I know, my mother uses one and she's a typist.

Raising your elbow would put stress on your shoulders. Maybe you can try lowering the bass just a little bit? Then hit the string from the top (forward and away from the bass...ok, so maybe I'm not the best guy to explain things ;) It's easyer to get fretbuzz, but it's just a matter of practise.

To illustrate my point better then I do myself, you can go to and look at how Victor Wooten holds his hand when he plays "Me and my bass guitarr" (you can allso download his solo)
There you see he hasn't raised his elbow, and his wrist are straight. Look at the wrist - elbow - shoulder thing. He's slapping, but you can incorporate similar stance for normal playing.

Hope this helps.



: Could I be holding my hand wrong? I have about a 45 degree angle bend in my
: wrist while I play. Should I raise my elbow so there is no bend at all? I dont know.
: what is the proper way? could that possibly cause carpel tunnel. From what I've been reading
: about it, it is just the same movement over and over that does it. Its just frustrating..
: I dont play as long as I would like.....I've only been playing off and on for about two years.
: It doesnt make any sense...

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